TUNG PING CHAU
東平洲

More than 10 km away from any other part of Hong Kong and almost within swimming reach of the coast of Guangdong, the
flat island of Ping Chau is formed from layers of sedimentary rock tilting down to the sea on the east coast and upwards
forming low cliffs on the west coast. In terms of its human geography, it is a classic example of rural depopulation in an
outlying area. Before 1950, there were some 2,000 inhabitants on the island, fishing, growing peanuts and sweet potatoes.
Their houses were built with slate or shale from the island and the remnants of the attractive villages can be seen today.
Now, the only regular residents are made up of the Hong Kong Police force and a few stray dogs, but it is a different scene
on week-ends....

The island’s main attractions are the unique
rock formations, the abandoned villages and the beaches, most of which have
been cleaned up considerably since the island and its surrounding waters were declared a marine park in 2001.  While the
beach is, occasionally, subjected to a bit of flotsam, the water here is still some of the cleanest in Hong Kong....

Our journey begins already when we board the
ferry at Ma Liu Shui. Chugging gently eastwards through the Tolo Channel, it
leaves the mainland behind at Bluff Head and makes a beeline towards the coast of China arriving at the pier at Wong Ye
Kok about 90 minutes later.

On the island, we will first do a circumnavigation on foot taking in the main attractions. We start by walking along a beach
looking across to a typical South China coastline, fringed with low resort type buildings constructed from the quarry-scarred
hillsides behind. Soon, however, we will be looking at some more interesting natural wonders, such as Chop Neck Point and
the Watchtower Rocks. We pass the recently renovated Tin Hau and Tam Kung temples as well as Ping Chau’s old main
village, before a multi-course Chinese feast is served at the
Sun Cheong Store.  

After lunch you will have a couple of hours at your own leisure to explore the rest of the island, to swim, or simply to relax
with a cold drink at one of the waterfront stores.

The ferry back to Ma Liu Shui leaves at 5:15 pm SHARP! and you are advised to be on time, unless you fancy an overnight
stay on the island.  

With a little luck we should be treated to a spectacular sunset along the Tolo Channel.
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Distance:
7.5 km
 
Difficulty:
1 out of 10
 
Approx. Altitude Change:
Gain: 120 metres
Loss: 120 metres
Price:
HK$350
incl. ferry and a refreshment
Highest Point:
46 metres
     
Time Spent on Island:
6.75 hours
Actual Walking: 2.5 hours
     
Meeting Time & Place:
8:30 am
at University Railway Station
     
Finishing Time & Place:
7:05 pm
at University Railway Station
Price for this excursion as a Private Event on request
  or 7:45 pm  
on Hong Kong Island.
     
 
Food & Drink:
Lunch at small Chinese restaurant on the island - not included.
 
Note 1:
This hike is possible only on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays
 
Note 2:
A minimum of 6 participants is required for this excursion to go ahead, unless booked as a Private Event.
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Tung Ping Chau, Mirs Bay, New Territories, Hong Kong
Tung Ping Chau, Mirs Bay, New Territories, Hong Kong
Tung Ping Chau, Mirs Bay, New Territories, Hong Kong
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